Grades are in, annoying student has been slapped down, awards have been awarded, diplomas delivered.
Today was the J school graduation and the honors ceremony. In the past, the honors ceremony has been the day before graduation (which is on Monday). Because the UO has grown so much, there are few venues that can hold all of the students/families in the 'big' schools (us, the business school, the Honors college, and the School of Ed). So the J school graduation got moved til Sunday (the rest of the UO graduates tomorrow) and our honors ceremony stayed on Sunday because the NCAA Track and Field Championships were going on til yesterday AND there were no hotel rooms for visiting parents.
Did you get all that? TL:DR: sometimes living in a small town is a logistical nightmare.
Our graduation has gotten way too big and impersonal---we handed out 614 diplomas to J school grads today (that includes summer grads and fall 2015 AND 206 grads, and winter 2016 grads). How do I know that exact count? Because I had the important job of handing a stacks of diploma covers to my colleague Regina, who then handed them to our interim dean to give to students. My colleague Peter and I stood on concrete floors for 90 minutes moving about ten steps either way to pick up or deliver covers. After about half an hour I was exhausted and Peter--who is 20 years younger than me (at least) was also exhausted (and he is a marathon runner). So that was my day.
But there is knitting! This is Irina:
I like the pattern--it is some very simple cables but they kind of alternative in some interesting ways.